Welcome from Penny Kharroubi
Welcome from Sam Patel
What makes ICOM special
Welcome to the oldest acupuncture College and Clinic in the UK originally founded by Dr. van Buren in 1972 and still a vibrant learning centre thanks to the dedication and passion of our teachers, students, graduates and very supportive staff. In the videos above our Joint Principals give you an overview of the key aspects of ICOM and our training, highlighting some of the reasons why people from many parts of Europe choose this college.
If you are considering a career in acupuncture you’ll find extensive information on this website about our part-time and full time Undergraduate Courses, which are validated by the University of Greenwich, reviewed by the Quality Assurance Agency and accredited by the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board. However, to get a real feel of the special atmosphere around this unique college, and to better explore the opportunities available to you, you may want to visit ICOM in person, come along to one of our Open Days or arrange an informal visit when at a time more convenient to you.
Information about becoming an ICOM student and news about the local area will soon be available in our ‘Students and Alumni‘ section. Here, ICOM students will also find news about events coming up, what happens at graduation, our seminars, trips and other student activities. We are also creating here a special area for our Alumni, with whom we would love to stay in touch; we’ll be publishing news about their practice, their teaching, interesting publications, and any other relevant activities that they are willing to share.
The journey of the acupuncturist is one of constant self-development, reflection and lifelong learning. As the experience deepens, so does the need to enhance one’s skills and knowledge; at ICOM we also offer a high quality CPD programme covering a wide variety of topics, delivered by experienced tutors and practitioners. Please look through the courses available, check the entry requirements and book your place online in our CPD section.
My time at ICOM has truly been a special and soul stirring journey that has both tested and nourished me at multiple levels. To all the ICOM teachers, deepest thanks for being able to transfer your passion for our profession in your own individual awesome ways. Having previously completed two degrees, I have never seen such dedication to teaching and care for students in all my various interactions with educational establishments. It has been a privilege to study here. Here’s to a lifetime of deep connections, fun reflections and needles!Dhivya Sivanesan
Students talk about their experience at ICOM
Studying at ICOM changes your life and world view in the best possible way. I hope to be practising acupuncture for as long as I can.Anna Maughan
The course totally transforms your being, giving you physical, spiritual and intellectual life skills. It was amazing being immersed in study for three years! ICOM gives students an exceptionally solid and deep Knowledge, allowing us graduates to feel confident enough to use these many tools to give treatments even at the early stages of practice.Madina Palmos
Maximum students per year
Graduates since 1972
Our Acupuncture Course is based on a thorough grounding in the classics of Chinese Medicine and Philosophy.
In addition to receiving a broad based education in classical and contemporary acupuncture approaches: Yin Yang, Five Elements and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) – at ICOM you will also be taught about the contemporary application of the classical Chinese Stems & Branches philosophy. ICOM is the only College to teach Stems and Branches to such an advanced level and to teach the practical clinical application of this philosophy.
Past graduates of the college are some of the current leading figures in the professional arena, including educators, writers and leaders of Acupuncture’s professional body.
Our current faculty have vast experience in education and professional expertise; our teaching staff include two Doctors of Philosophy, an Executive Committee member of the British Acupuncture Council, and the former Principal of the British School of Osteopathy.
Easy to reach from all the South England and Europe
Conveniently located near Gatwick Airport, just outside London, there are excellent train links with London Victoria & London Bridge. We also offer FREE onsite parking for those who find it more convenient to drive.Travel Directions